JACK OF DIAMONDS was fancied to make a winning return in better company than this over track and trip earlier this month and nearly did so. He just failed to catch Monsieur Chevalier and can go one better today as he also enjoys a fitness edge over Kempton maiden winner Net Whizz, though the latter is not easily dismissed on his first start since November. Haftohaf may do better back on Polytrack but the likes of Lastkingofscotland, Kinglami and Avertis will all need to improve stepping up in class despite arriving in good form. Wilfred Pickles is a rare winner nowadays though back on a decent mark if at his best.
Jack Of Diamonds (IRE) 7-2fav (8-8) Held up, headway over 2f out, short of room over 1f out, switched right and ran on inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, nk behind Monsieur Chevalier (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Net Whizz (USA) 5-6fav (8-8) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken on outside well over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on in closing stages, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Validus (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Mingun Bell (USA) 17-2 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 9l behind Desert Creek (8-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.
Sulis Minerva (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Raced near side, slowly into stride, behind, headway in centre 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 6th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Cheworee (9-4) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Alice's Dancer (IRE) 50-1 (7-13) Held up in last pair, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, 11th of 15, 9l behind Grey Mirage (8-8) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and no impression when hung right over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 7th of 8, 5l behind Burnhope (8-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Forceful Appeal (USA) 8-1 (9-2) Led 1f, prominent, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Rockalong (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Haftohaf 17-2 (8-7) Soon chasing leader, lost 2nd approaching final 2f, ridden and weakened quickly well over 1f out, 12th of 14, 22l behind York Glory (9-1) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Wilfred Pickles (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, but in touch, effort over 1f out, soon no impression, 4th of 5, 3 1/2l behind Harry Buckle (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Avertis 8-1 (9-5) Broke smartly, led until over 6f out, tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 7, hd behind Brocklebank (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Kinglami 5-4fav (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Spark Of Genius (9-7) by nk, 5 ran.